There’s a slice of Florida that shimmers with ice-blue water dotted with million-dollar yachts and white sand that’s icing-sugar soft. The place is called the Gold Coast, though smitten tourists have coined it as the “Venice of America” for the views and adventures. What better place for the Ritz-Carlton to call home.
The first and only AAA Five Diamond-rated hotel in the city, the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale complements the Gold Coast’s natural luxury with pure white and glass design. Crafted by Miami’s acclaimed architectural firm Arquitectonica, the hotel’s curvilinear structure makes waves with its resemblance to a luxury liner. And the similarities don’t stop at the exterior — lavish amenities are to be found inside those sparkling walls. From its fresh, trendy Club Lounge to its restorative spa and exclusive wine tastings, the Ritz offers a dreamy place for the elite to rest their heads, sink their toes and recharge their spirits.
The VIP experience begins on the eighth floor, where the Club Lounge gazes down on the Intracoastal Waterway sprinkled with sailboats. The view only gets better in the Lounge on the other side of the window, where guests are met with a chic, nautical décor scheme inspired by the hotel’s marine surroundings. Espresso and turquoise, hardwood and stone — as if these scrumptious details aren’t enough to treat the soul, guests are waited on by the Club Lounge staff, who offer an adventurous selection of food and drink from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. And the cherry on top? The Lounge makes for an intimate place to experience one of Florida’s most priceless luxuries: watching the sun rise and set.
Believe it or not, there is something sweeter than Florida oranges: the exquisite spa at the Ritz-Carlton. Each experience is inspired by the Earth’s elements, resulting in a lush list of signature services: the Ocean Sea Salt Glow, for example, is a rich blend of massage, scrub and steam for a deep, whole-body detox; the Sapphire Sea Treatment, the ultimate holistic experience, includes a luxurious pearl and kelp body mud to infuse the body with rich vitamins. For those travelling with little ones, the Spa even offers the kid-friendly Glitter Me Beautiful menu, a collection of light services designed for young spa-goers aged five to 17.
Heading down to the Wine Vault, guests are given the chance to take an around-the-world trip without setting foot outside the hotel. The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale’s sommelier guides the exploration through the 5,000-bottle reservoir while guests sip and savour some of the world’s finest wines. But it gets classier. To keep the ladies warm in the Vault, faux fur stoles are available. To personalize the experience, wine connoisseurs can embark on one of two journeys: the Flight of Six Wines, an intimate discovery of six cuvées selected according to personal taste; or the Five Course, Wine-Paired Culinary Journey, where exquisite dining meets unparalleled wines. And if the cool romance of the Vault doesn’t stir one’s taste, take your journey to the plush lounge setting of the Wine Room instead, or in the Via Luna restaurant with its stunning oceanfront view.
Mirroring the blissful extravagance of the Atlantic in both architecture and luxurious amenities, the Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale puts the gleam in the Gold Coast.